Saturday, April 30, 2016

NaPoWriMo # 49

Requiem for Mercedes Sosa

Just in case Mercedes returns,
in case a bombó or a zampoña bring her back,
maybe she’ll return in the gallop of a chacarera,
or in the swell of a samba.
Hopefully a tango brings her back.
And if the songs she left, the palpitations,
the flora and fauna (happy
to have been conceived by the voice
of La Negra) bring her back: that is to say,
in case an airplane doesn’t,
or yet another concert, and even then,
Mercedes returns with her pure voice purer,
and the full-bodied richness of her vocal cords
capable of making bread or birds appear.
And just in case Mercedes does return,
I’m buying two front seats,
one to sit down and watch her,
another one to dance and sing. 

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Sergio A. Ortiz is a Puerto Rican poet and the founding editor of Undertow Tanka Review. He is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. 2nd place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz annual poetry competition, sponsored by Alaire Publishing House. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sergio A. Ortiz es poeta puertorriqueño que escribe en inglés y español. Actualmente trabaja en su primera colección de poesía, Elephant Graveyard, Cementerio de Elefantes. Ha sido nominado al premio Pushcart en dos ocasiones, al Best of the Web en cuatro ocasiones, y al Best of the Net, 2016. 2do lugar Premio Ramón Ataz de Poesía, 2016. Sus poemas han aparecido, o están por aparecer, en revistas literarias como: Letralía, Chachala Review, The Accentos Review, Resonancias, por mencionar algunos.